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The disappearing spoon: and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements

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The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in The Disappearing Spoon .
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Full title disappearing spoon and other true tales of madness love and the history of the world from the period
Author kean sam
Grouping Category book
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display_description The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile Fran├žois Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Chemical elements -- Miscellanea, Periodic law -- Tables
title_display The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements
title_full The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements / Sam Kean, The disappearing spoon [sound recording] : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements / Sam Kean
title_short The disappearing spoon :
title_sub and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements
topic_facet Audiobooks, Chemical elements, Chemistry, Nonfiction, Periodic law, Science, Tables